Kohima: Talks between the Centre and NSCN
(IM) failed on Wednesday over the proposed visit of T Muivah to his
native village in Manipur, with the rebel outfit maintaining
that he will go ahead with his plan.
The talks lasting one-and-a-half-hour were held at
Viswema village on the Nagaland-Manipur border between Union
Home Secretary G K Pillai, Naga peace interlocutor R S Pande
and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on one hand and Muivah
and other senior NSCN(IM) leaders on the other.
After the talks, Pande told reporters that the Centre
would continue parleys with "all concerned" to break the
impasse caused by the Manipur government`s objection to
Muivah`s visit to Somdal village in Senapati district.
"We have requested Muivah to wait till the situation
becomes "congenial" in Manipur to undertake the visit because
of security reasons," he said.
Senior NSCN(IM) functionary V S Atem today made it clear
that they will not wait for long and Muivah will go ahead with
the visit if the Centre fails to break the stalemate soon.
"The whole situation is the creation of the Manipur
government and Naga people are not responsible. It is up to
the Centre to resolve the present situation. We will not wait
for long. We will go ahead with our programme," Atem said.
Pande said they had conveyed to the NSCN(IM) about the
decisions taken by the Manipur government yesterday on lifting
of curfew at Mao gate, replacement of state police forces with
central paramilitary forces and ex-gratia to the members of
the families of two persons killed in the Mao gate police
firing, to instil confidence among the people.
"We will continue discussion with all concerned like the
Nagaland government, the Manipur government and civil society
leaders to make the situation congenial for breaking the
stalemate," Pande said.
Meanwhile, seven Naga MLAs in Manipur today re-submitted
their resignation letters to Assembly Speaker N Budhichandra
Singh in protest against the state government`s opposition to
Muivah`s entry, Assembly sources said.
The sources said the seven MLAs -- M Thohri, Morung
Mokunga, Awang Bour, Khasim Ruivah, W Keishing, Danny Shaiza
and K Raina -- had earlier faxed their resignations to the
Speaker, but they were not considered as they were faxed.
Therefore, they have submitted them again.